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Monday, February 8, 1999 Published at 15:57 GMT


We're all here, say All Saints

The All Saints: Looking forward to touring

The All Saints have appeared together for the first time in several months to end rumours they are about to split.

They have also added five dates to their summer tour and confirmed they have parted from their manager John Benson.

'No longer work together'

"We have parted management with John, and we no longer work together. That's basically where we stand right now," said Natalie Appleton.

Tabloid reports suggested that rows with Benson were behind her sister Nicole Appleton's short-lived decision to leave the foursome in December, and that she agreed to return only if he left.

The women said they were in no hurry to sign up new management until after the tour.

'Never close to splitting'

"We are all here, in force and back together, and looking forward to doing a tour," Natalie Appleton added.

Nicole said: "We were never close to splitting up. It was just that we wanted a holiday."

The band are also returning to the studio to record a second album, which Natalie said will be "the same formula as the last one, but better".

Band member Melanie Blatt who has been away from the group the longest, took time off to be with her new daughter Lilyella.

" It feels like the end of the summer holidays and the first day of school. You're gossiping with all your mates to find out what's happened," she said.

Melanie Blatt plans to take Lilyella on tour, and she said her mother will also come along to help out with the baby.

The April tour is sold out and the All Saints have added five dates to the June Arena tour.

New concerts will be in Bournemouth on June 9, at the Brighton Centre on June 10, Port Talbot Afan Ledo on June 17 and an extra London Wembley Arena date on June 23. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday.

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